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1947 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Oct 5 Harry Truman makes the 1st Presidential address televised from the White House
  • Nov 6 NBC's "Meet the Press" debuts - US's longest running TV show
  • Nov 24 The US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities finds "Hollywood 10" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists
  • Nov 25 The 1st systematic Hollywood blacklist is instituted, denying employment to American entertainment professionals due to alleged Communist ties or sympathies
  • Dec 27 1st "Howdy Doody Show" (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC
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Film & TV Awards in 1947

  • Feb 26 4th Golden Globes: "The Best Years of Our Lives", Gregory Peck, & Rosalind Russell win
  • Mar 13 19th Academy Awards: "Best Years of Our Lives", De Havilland, March win
  • Aug 23 8th Venice Film Festival opens (first since the start of World War II)
  • Sep 25 2nd Cannes Film Festival ends

Weddings in Film & TV

Divorces in Film & TV

  • Nov 1 Film director D. W. Griffith (72) divorces actress Evelyn Baldwin (37) after 11 years of marriage
  • Nov 10 American "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (28) divorces American actor-director-wunderkind Orson Welles (32) after just over 4 years of marriage

Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1947

  • Jan 11 Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born vaudeville and film singer and entertainer dies at 68
  • Jan 26 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • Feb 3 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • Feb 12 Sidney Toler, American actor, director and playwright (Madame X, Meeting at Midnight), dies at 72
  • Feb 26 Ben Webster, British actor (Old Curiosity Shop), dies at 82

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